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04/29/2011 - 2:13pm
Cameron, McDonald start; Crawford, Drew sit

Mike Cameron was expected to play a large role for the Red Sox this year, but with both David Ortiz and J.D. Drew hitting well against lefties to this point in the season, he has seen less action than anticipated. On Friday, the 17-year veteran is in the lineup for just the seventh time this year, batting seventh against Mariners starter Jason Vargas, with J.D. Drew out of the lineup. Darnell McDonald will also get a start, playing in place of Carl Crawford in left field behind Daisuke Matsuzaka.

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RED SOX LINEUP

Ellsbury, CF
Pedroia, 2B
Gonzalez, 1B
Youkilis, 3B
Ortiz, DH
Lowrie, SS
Cameron, RF
Varitek, C...

04/29/2011 - 12:47pm
Julien: 'We match up well' vs. Flyers

Before the team left Boston for Philadelphia Friday, Bruins head coach Claude Julien said the Flyers are a better match up for his team than the Canadiens were in the first round. The Bruins captured three of the four meetings in the regular season and were even able to score on the power play four times, something they failed to do in 21 tries in the opening round. 

"We match up well against them and they’re always close in tight games and we got to go in there with some confidence and obviously some determination," Julien said. "Playoffs is a different situation than the regular season, but again as I mentioned it’s just one of those things that we feel that we don’t have to change a ton of things. And if there’s adjustments to make along the way, we just have to be prepared to make them."

The Bruins' only loss to the Flyers came with three seconds left in overtime on Dec. 11 at TD Garden when Mike...

04/29/2011 - 12:33pm
Brady: 'Trying to figure out ... right thing'

Patriots quarterback Tom Brady made an appearance at a promotional event for Under Armour in New York City Friday morning and talked about his role as lead plaintiff in the lawsuit against the NFL.

"I'm always trying to figure out what the right thing is," he said. "Look, I've been very fortunate as a player to sign the contracts that I've signed and to be in the position I've been in as a leader and to lead."

Brady didn't delve into the controversy, instead taking a more positive approach.

"I think the important thing is to realize is that we're trying to bring reason and compromise to a very challenging agreement," he said. "This is not something that's easy. There's a lot that goes into it. I know a lot of people are hard at work. DeMaurice Smith has had a lot of meetings with Roger Goodell. Mr. Kraft is heavily involved, and...

04/29/2011 - 12:08pm
Grousbeck on M&M: 'Not here to trash Perk'

Celtics co-owner Wyc Grousbeck stopped by for a visit with the Mut & Merloni show Friday afternoon as the C's prepare for their second-round series against the Heat.

Grousbeck discussed the trade with the Thunder that sent Kendrick Perkins to Oklahoma City. "We're not here to trash Perk," Grousbeck said. "What we're here to say is, We needed, obviously, a backup for Paul [Pierce] and Ray [Allen]. This series will show, somebody needs to come in with quality — Jeff Green — and step up. And that's how, hopefully, we can give these guys a fight."

Added Grousbeck: "We love Perk. We miss him, no question. But we didn't need another center as much as we needed someone to back up Paul and Ray. That's the theory of the trade. We'll see how it works out."

Regarding Perkins' contract issues, Grousbeck said: "Perk was going to walk at the end of June. That was clear. We offered him everything we could...

04/29/2011 - 11:50am
Rivers more confident Shaq will play

Here is your daily Shaquille O'Neal update. Celtics coach Doc Rivers said before the team hit the practice floor on Friday, "I’m more confident now that he will play in this series. I don’t know when. Maybe [Game 1]. Maybe [Game 2]. But I do think he’ll play." Trainer Eddie Lacerte told Rivers Friday morning that Shaq was looking better. "Eddie’s more confident that he’ll play, so that makes me more confident," Rivers said.

If he does play, Rivers said he would come off the bench. As for what he wants from him, the coach said, "Just coming in and being Shaq. When he walks on the floor he’s 7-feet tall and he weighs what he weighs. Of all our players he probably has the easiest task of being who they are because that’s all he can be." 

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